WATCH: Powerful new drama Belfast could be an Oscar favourite 11 months ago

WATCH: Powerful new drama Belfast could be an Oscar favourite

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The all-star drama is written and directed by Ireland's own Kenneth Branagh.

Five-time Oscar-nominee Kenneth Branagh has been in the weeds of Hollywood blockbusters for a while now.


It kicked off with 2011's Thor (yep, he directed the God of Thunder's first outing in the MCU), before taking on spy thrillers (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Disney fairytales (Cinderella), old-school mysteries (Murder on the Orient Express) and YA adaptations (Artemis Fowl).

His murder-mystery sequel Death On The Nile is still stuck in post-pandemic release limbo, but the actor/director who made his career with attention-grabbing Shakespeare adaptations is likely to be in the running for some major Oscar attention thanks to his new project.

Belfast is written and directed by Branagh, and it will be an almost-autobiographical tale of his life as a young boy, growing up as part of a working class family in the tumultuous late 1960s.

Newcomer Jude Hill will play the young son in the family, with his parents played by Caitriona Balfe (Outlander) and Jamie Dornan (The Fall), with a supporting cast including Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones), Judi Dench (Skyfall) and Colin Morgan (Merlin).


With a guy as beloved as Branagh telling his own life story, don't be surprised if this becomes a bit of an award magnet once ceremony season kicks in later this year, especially after the movie made its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this week.

Belfast will be released in Irish cinemas on Friday, 12 November.

Clip via Universal Pictures Ireland


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